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News of: Saturday, 14th of November, 2009

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3 Pakistanis with 'Lashkar link' held

The Detective Branch of police arrested three Pakistanis with suspected links to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Tongi and the city's Uttara early yesterday.

Costly fuel import to cost BPC extra Tk 50cr

Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) is once again buying the major part of the country's oil needs at a very high premium rate from Malaysia, making an extra cost of around Tk 50 crore which still can be avoided, sources say.

BNP plans major changes in party constitution

BNP is planning to bring massive changes to the party constitution bolstering the chairperson's authority, in light of its experience during the immediate past emergency regime when it almost split.

Bomber attacks ISI regional HQ: 10 die

A powerful suicide car bomb ripped through the Peshawar headquarters of Pakistan's top spy agency yesterday, killing at least 10 people and leaving much of the fortified building in ruins.

Food rationing for RMG workers stalled

The government's much-expected food-rationing programme for readymade garment workers (RMG) went into hibernation apparently for factory owners' indifference toward it.

People will accept verdict, says Delwar

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said people will accept the upcoming verdict in Bangabandhu murder case.

Babar sent to jail

Detained former BNP state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar was sent to Dhaka central jail yesterday after 12 days' remand in the August 21 grenade attack case.

Kishoreganj blockade begins

A nonstop Kishoreganj blockade programme enforced by people in Bhairab and Kuliarchar upazilas began yesterday demanding that Bhairab and Kuliarchar upazilas be upgraded into a full-fledged district.

ICU at Chest Diseases Hospital inoperative

The National Institute of Diseases of Chest and Hospital (NIDCH) in Dhaka lacks capability to run an Intensive Care Unit despite being fully equipped around five years back.

7 killed in Ctg, 3 in Manikganj

At least seven people, including six of a family, were killed while 10 others injured in a head-on collision between a truck and a microbus at Patiya upazila headquarters on Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway early yesterday.

BNP leader shot dead in city

Miscreants gunned down a contractor and local BNP leader at East Tejturi Bazar in the city's Tejgaon area yesterday noon.

Indian foreign secretary due today

Ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India, New Delhi is sending its Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao in advance to Dhaka for preparing the ground for the tour as well as finalise issues to be tabled for discussion between the premiers of Bangladesh and India.

Rajshahi cops release trader amid protest

Boalia police released a businessman after two and a half hours of the arrest as hundreds of cloth traders laid siege to the police station protesting "unfair arrest" Thursday night.

Woman outlaw 'confesses' to killing

Nahid Parvin Champa, detained cadre of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF), admitted to police that she along with four other women activists took part in the killing of local Awami League leader Meherul on August 15, police said.

BNP factions clash over conference

Factional clashes over formation of BNP grassroots-level committees left at least 13 injured in Lalmonirhat and Satkhira yesterday.

Blasts in Russian arms depot

Around 35 people were reported missing yesterday after a series of blasts ripped through an arms depot outside the central Russian city of Ulyanovsk, causing a huge fire.

Recession ends across Europe

Europe's deepest recession since World War II officially ended yesterday when the world's biggest trading bloc joined Japan and the United States in returning to growth.

Maoists kidnap state legislator

Indian Maoists kidnapped a state legislator and were suspected of triggering a landmine blast that killed three troopers in separate incidents, police in eastern India said yesterday.

Obama lawyer quits amid Guantanamo setbacks

President Barack Obama's top lawyer Greg Craig formally resigned yesterday in the highest-level White House shake-up to date, amid a struggle to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp by early 2010.

Editorial

Rising threat of pornography

IN the absence of appropriate laws to check it, pornography has grown into a vicious social menace and a grave threat to the safety and healthy growth of the youth and the children.

Diarrhoeal concern

THERE has been an outbreak of diarrhoea marking a deviation of sorts from the known pattern of incidence. As many as 484 patients were hospitalised in the city on last Wednesday alone. Usually, this water-borne disease is mostly reported during sultry summer followed by monsoons. Its severe form is associated with receding flood waters. But this time, as late as in October-November we see it occurring in parts of Dhaka city and Pabna district.

Export is a critical component for our growth

OUR Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and the Ministry of Commerce, both organs of government, have set ambitious targets for fiscal 2009-10 (FY10). They feel that despite clouds on the horizon, our economy can generate around US dollar 17.5 billion of exports during the current fiscal. In comparative terms this means almost 13 percent growth over that of the previous year (which stood at US dollar 15.565 billion).

Wall at Wagha

COMPARISONS are odious. Still when Europe celebrated early this week the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I thought of the border at Wagha, drawn more than 62 years ago. It has no wall. Yet it is difficult to scale it because its brick and mortar is that of distrust and bias. The Berlin Wall was built to separate the two Germanys. It was a forced division. In the case of India and Pakistan, the partition came about after a willing compromise. Still the fact remains that the wall stands between the two countries to remind people how they have wasted some six decades in hating each other and in letting the opportunity for development together go by.

Sports

Nayeem's 6-6s in vain

All-rounder Nayeem Islam scripted history in domestic cricket by hitting six sixes in an over but his terrific effort in the action-packed match was not good enough for Gazi Tank to stop Mohammedan's winning run in the Premier Division Cricket League yesterday.

Abahani ride on Rafique

Hot favourites Abahani kept their winning streak in tact with a 92-run victory over Cricket Coaching School (CCS) in their Premier Division Cricket clash at BKSP yesterday, thanks to a brilliant 90-run knock from 72 deliveries from veteran all-rounder Mohammad Rafique that made their task easy.

Worry over Aminul

Goalkeeper Aminul Haq sustained injury in his shoulder during the practice with the national football team at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan on Thursday.

Pak too hot for Kiwis

Pakistan overcame their one-day international series loss and maintained their world champion status in Twenty20 cricket with a convincing 49-run win over New Zealand at Dubai Stadium on Thursday.

It's not cricket

Unsavoury behaviour from a Gazi Tank official marred the spirit of the game after an exciting encounter at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday which Mohammedan won by three wickets.

U-19s win against Zim

Bangladesh Under-19 continued their excellent form with a 6-wicket victory over touring Zimbabwe Under-19 in the first one-day match at the Khulna Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Vettori injury not serious

Daniel Vettori, who was ruled out of the first Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Dubai due to a head injury sustained during the ODI series, has undergone a scan which revealed no serious damage. He sat out the second Twenty20 international on last night but is expected to be available for the first Test against Pakistan in Dunedin, starting on November 24.

Tour opener abandoned

Sri Lanka's practice match against the Indian board president's XI was called off on Friday without a ball being bowled on all three days.

Inter-district football

The final match of the Maharaja Nripendra Narayan memorial inter-district football tournament was held amid huge festivity yesterday afternoon at Debigonj Nependra Narayan High School Ground under Debigonj upazila in Panchagarh.

DC Gold Cup

Matiranga Upazila team moved into the final after defeating Panchhari Upazila football team by 3-0 at the third Deputy Commissioner Gold cup football tournament held at Khagrachhari stadium yesterday.

DC Gold Cup

Matiranga Upazila team moved into the final after defeating Panchhari Upazila football team by 3-0 at the third Deputy Commissioner Gold cup football tournament held at Khagrachhari stadium yesterday.

Sachin takes fresh guard

Sachin Tendulkar begins a third decade in world cricket next week, insisting he is still as passionate to play for India as he was as a wide-eyed teenager 20 years ago.

Ref slams Fergie ban

Sir Alex Ferguson was told he'd "got off lightly" by the union representing England's top referees after receiving a four-game touchline ban for an outspoken attack on Alan Wiley.

France wary of Keane

France's players on Thursday pinpointed striker Robbie Keane as the main Republic of Ireland dangerman prior to the first leg of the World Cup qualifying play-off between the sides in Dublin on Saturday.

Deco confident

Portugal star Deco insists that the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo is not going to derail the country's bid to reach the World Cup finals in South Africa.

Germany mourn Enke

Germany captain Michael Ballack will lead teammates as well as around 25,000 fans in paying their last respects on Sunday to goalkeeper Robert Enke whose suicide has stunned the country.

'Messi must take charge'

Argentina coach Diego Maradona has told superstar Lionel Messi to take charge of his country's World Cup dream, starting by masterminding victory over European champions Spain on Saturday.

Cudicini to undergo surgery

Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini was due to have wrist and pelvic surgery on Friday after being involved in a motorbike crash.

L'pool duo out for 3 weeks

Liverpool duo Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera could both be out of action for a minimum of three weeks with hamstring injuries.

C'Ron targets 'clasico'

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo said Thursday he was recovering well from his ankle injury and hopes to play in the "clasico" match at Barcelona on November 29.

Super Eagles fail to take off on time

Nigeria's preparations for Saturday's crucial World Cup qualifier against Kenya have hit a hitch after their flight to Nairobi failed to leave as scheduled on Thursday.

Terry joins crocked list

England could face Brazil here on Saturday with only two first-choice players after captain John Terry suffered an ankle injury that has left him doubtful for the match.

WC Play-off Fixtures

World Cup play-off fixtures on Saturday (all times GMT):

Nadal eyes No. 1 spot

Battling Rafael Nadal moved into the Paris Masters quarterfinals on Thursday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win over Tommy Robredo underlining his threat to unseat Roger Federer as world No.1 by the end of the season.

Gayle wants new beginning

Chris Gayle wants West Indies' tour of Australia to be the new beginning the region desperately needs after another round of strikes and disputes. While Gayle was a key figure in the four-month boycott as the side's captain, he is now charged with leading the reunification process that starts with the three-Test series of Australia.

Free-to-air Ashes!

The England cricket team's home Ashes matches with Australia could be forced on to free-to-air television under a review of televised sport in Britain, reports said Thursday.

McCullum not deflated

Brendon McCullum, New Zealand's stand-in captain, is not looking too much into defeat to Pakistan in the first Twenty20. McCullum oversaw a 49-run loss in the first of two fixtures after New Zealand lost Daniel Vettori to a concussion, Kyle Mills to a shoulder injury and Jacob Oram to paternal leave, but was not too crushed at defeat against the world champions.

Trott debate heats up

South Africa coach Mickey Arthur has revealed his frustration at the sight of Jonathan Trott playing cricket for England rather than the land of his birth.

DRU cricket

Channel i and Bangla Vision moved into the final of the Pepsi-DRU six-a-side Cricket tournament thrashing their respective rivals in the semifinals at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Prime Bank Golf

The two-day 7th Prime Bank Captain Cup Golf tournament got underway at the Kurmitola Golf Club today.

Asian TT

A 10-member Table Tennis squad left here yesterday for India to take part in the Asian Table Tennis Competition to be held from November 16 to 22 in Lakhle

Metropolitan

Remove discrimination against Harijans

Speakers at the triennial council of Bangladesh Harijan Oikya Parishad (BHOP) yesterday called for removal of discrimination against Harijans or low-caste Hindus.

Members of suicide squad yet to be traced

Although four years have passed since the day two judges were killed in a suicide bomb blast in Jhalakati, five of the six-member suicide squad remain untraced.

Locals lay siege to police camp after ASI beats one

Hundreds of local people laid siege to the Tamaltala police camp at Shoilokupa upazila in the district after the camp-in-charge had beaten a professional motorbike driver.

PM vows to cut child, maternal mortality rates

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday pledged to reduce child and maternal mortality rates in the country through reviving community health clinics across the country.

DMCH indifferent to patients' suffering

The pathological and diagnostic services as well as radiotherapy at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) are being seriously hampered, as a number of medical equipment have remained inoperative for over six months, causing suffering to poor patients coming from every corner of the country.

Number of patients may exceed 1 crore by 2025

Bangladesh will observe the World Diabetes Day today with the apprehension that the country may be one of the top 10 countries in the world by 2025 in terms of the number of diabetic patients.

ALCWC meets today

The Awami League Central Working Committee sits today to decide the party's course of action especially ahead of and after the Supreme Court verdict in the Bangabandhu killing case on November 19.

'Protect Sikkatuli pond from encroachers'

Environmentalists and local residents yesterday staged a demonstration at Sikkatuli in the old part of the city yesterday demanding steps to protect a pond in the area from illegal encroachment.

Climate change makes winter unpleasant

Recreation in winter is an important part of Bangalee culture but that pleasant winter is feared to become a rarity due to adverse effects of climate change, affecting the public health and the national economy in many ways.

Support for underprivileged school children

Warid, a telecom asset of UAE-based Abu Dhabi Group, distributed more than 500 school bags among the underprivileged students of Khan Hasan Adorsho Government Primary School at Kathalbagan in the city on Thursday, says a press release.

Shining Stars Int'l School starts journey

The opening ceremony of Shining Stars International School was held at its premises at Hazrat Osman (R) Road at Faidabad at Uttara in the city yesterday with the aim to providing children with quality and moral education.

Call to make info body effective

Speakers at a seminar yesterday demanded the government take necessary steps to make Information Commission effective.

'Reinforce movement to try war criminals'

Leaders of Sector Comman-ders' Forum (SCF) yesterday called on the Dhaka University (DU) students to take the lead to strengthen the movement for bringing the war criminals to trial.

Khaleda to recite poem

Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will recite a patriotic poem for a video presentation on the party's founder late president Ziaur Rahman.

Dhaka seeks Tokyo's aid for river dredging

State Minister for Environ-ment and Forest Dr Hasan Mahmud has sought Japanese assistance in river dredging in Bangladesh to allow uninterrupted flow of water for stopping shrinkage and erosion of the river.

Workshop for English teachers ends

A two-day seminar-cum-workshop titled 'Fundamentals of Language Assessment' for English teachers, assessors and teacher trainers concluded yesterday, says a press release.

Two girls found dead

Police recovered the bodies of two girls floating in a water body at Kaowla in Dakkhinkhan area of the city yesterday morning.

International

Maoists block Nepal govt HQs

Tens of thousands of communist demonstrators blocked the government's headquarters in Nepal's capital for a second straight day yesterday, crippling the central administration as authorities in the capital tightened security to prevent further violence.

Suu Kyi appeals to top court against house arrest

Pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi appealed to Myanmar's top court yesterday against her extended house arrest, days ahead of a likely meeting involving the junta's premier and US President Barack Obama.

Taliban kill 17 Pak troops in S Waziristan battles

Stiff Taliban resistance killed at least 17 Pakistani soldiers Thursday in the military's deadliest day since launching a major offensive in South Waziristan, security officials said.

Obama seeks to ease Japan tension

US President Barack Obama has been holding talks in Japan with the new Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, at a time of uncertainty in relations.

Lankan govt sidelines top general over coup fear

Sri Lanka's government sidelined top general Sarath Fonseka because of fears he would launch a coup, he wrote in a bitter resignation letter ahead of an expected election battle with the president.

Sept 11 plotters to be tried in NY

Five men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks, including the self-proclaimed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be tried in a civilian court in New York, The Washington Post reported yesterday.

Greenland ice loss 'accelerating'

The Greenland ice sheet is losing its mass faster than in previous years and making an increasing contribution to sea level rise, a study has confirmed.

'China gave Pakistan uranium for nukes'

China provided Pakistan with weapons grade uranium for two bombs in 1982, according to notes made by the father of Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme, the Washington Post reported yesterday.

Pakistan worried of 'robust' Indo-US ties

Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has said that Islamabad is worried by the strengthening Indo-US ties.

Taj Mahal security beefed up following terror threat

Security at the Taj Mahal here has been tightened following threats of an eminent terrorist attack.

Sharif asks govt to raise India's involvement in Baluch unrest at UN

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has asked Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to take the issue of India's alleged involvement in fanning insurgency in Baluchistan the with the United Nations.

Invisibility cloak closer to reality

Scientists from Imperial College London and the University of Southampton have been granted 4.9million pounds for inventing Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak.

Rebels raid logging site in Philippines: 23 dead

Twenty-three people died in the southern Philippines during fierce clashes between communist guerrillas and the military after the rebels raided a logging site, officials said yesterday.

US moves to seize mosques over Iran links

Federal investigators on Thursday moved to seize four mosques in the US and a skyscraper in Manhattan over their alleged financial aid to Iran, a step likely to worsen relations between Washington and Tehran.

Invest billions in nature today, save trillions tomorrow

Investing billions today to protect threatened ecosystems and dwindling biodiversity would reap trillions in savings over the long haul, according to a UN-backed report issued yesterday.

Brown takes tough line on student visas

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced tough new rules on student visas and cut the number of skilled foreign workers allowed into Britain, thereby acknowledging public concerns over the high immigration levels in the country at present.

Fort Hood shooter charged with 13 murders

Military investigators charged suspected Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan with 13 counts of pre-meditated murder on Thursday over last week's shooting rampage at the Texas army base.

Heavy snow storms kill 38 in China

Unusually early snow storms in northern China have claimed 38 lives in weather-related incidents and caused more than half a billion dollars in damage, the Civil Affairs Ministry said yesterday.

Most of West Bengal's ruling parties against advancing polls

Ignoring the views of a minor partner, the majority of West Bengal's ruling Left Front (LF) constituents say there is no need to advance the state assembly polls slated for mid 2011 just because of 'some electoral setbacks'.

Madhu Koda goes 'missing' from Ranchi home

Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, who is at the centre of a Rs 2,500 crore money laundering scam, has "disappeared" from his home, a senior Income Tax official said on Friday.

Arts & Entertainment

Celebrating an iconoclast who became an icon

The 12-day long International Ibsen Seminar and Theatre Festival 2009 opened at National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), on November 12. The festival aims to celebrate the legendary playwright and see his works from new perspectives.

Social awareness through music

Dhaka Club Limited, in association with Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI), organised a musical programme at the club's tennis court on November 12. Titled “Amar Ponyo Amar Desh”, the programme featured solo performances by singers Hyder Husyn and Kazi Krishnokoli Islam.

Going beyond mortality

Henrik Ibsen's last play, "When We Dead Awaken" (1899), is one of his most adventurous and intensely personal works. As the author intended, it is a 'dramatic epilogue' to his naturalism and a return to the poetic symbolism of his earlier plays like "Peer Gynt" and "Brand". In the play, a sculptor, a surrogate for Ibsen, suffers "sorrows for a forfeited life."

Panju Shah: Legacy of the bard needs to be preserved

Mystic legendry bard Panju Shah was born in Shailkupa under Jhenidah sadar district in 1851, (Baishakh 1, 1258, according to the Bengali calendar).

“Fantastic Mr. Fox”: Where the wild things star

In his first foray into animation, director Wes Anderson lends his trademark quirky humour to a children's tale, rendering it a sometimes witty, if odd, cartoon for all ages.

OP-ED

The malady of operating beyond law

THE Daily Star editorial of November 10 takes a very critical view of the pernicious modus operandi of a category of law enforcement officials that are reportedly operating beyond the law. It expresses justified concern at reports of "crossfire," "encounter" and "gunfights" that appear to be the preferred means for combating crimes. The premonition is that we are observing an increasing lack of faith in the legal system.

Religious militancy creeps in with ominous consequences

WITH very grim consequences for the world at large, the demons of ultra-religious zealotry, racism and an ugly form of authoritarianism have popped up in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Indonesia, and parts of the Philippines. Unsurprisingly, India and Bangladesh are not far behind.

Moon sighting: Rule of thumb

THE moon phases depend on the relative positions of the sun, moon and earth and obviously independent of the place of observation. Half of the moon is always lit by the sun and not just the portion we see. The moon appears different to us depending on its location in its orbit around the earth. This is due to the different amounts of sunlight striking the part of the moon facing the earth.

Urban

A nation should never stop to think

The traffic situation in Dhaka city is deplorable, worsening at the rate of (they say) 100 new cars on the road per day, is an understatement. In reality, it now takes over two hours to get from, say, Gulshan 2 to Dhanmandi Russel Square. That is what I experienced last week. I was not walking for sure. There are of course worse scenarios and every one has a tale to tell, what with hours of waiting at the end of a long tail.

A big no to flyover and subway in Dhaka

Yes, you are reading it right, though general knowledge and common sense lead us to the opposite and that is the problem. Transport planning and management is not general knowledge and common sense. It is a complex multi-disciplinary science and need scientific research to solve the problems. Since early 1990s several studies (Dhaka Integrated Transport Study, DITS; Dhaka Urban Transport Plan, DUTP and Strategic Transport Plan for Dhaka, STP) were taken by government to solve the traffic problem in Dhaka. The latest in the line is controversial Strategic Transport Plan prepared and accepted by government despite vigorous opposition from professionals and civil society. Interestingly data of STP does not even support flyovers and subway in Dhaka.

Literature

The scorching pain

From her childhood, the girl has been like this. She is always hungry. She does not want dresses, bangles or ribbons. She just wants rice. Chipped enamel plates and earthen bowls filled with rice, rice and more rice.

The struggle for Mother Teresa

A recent edition of Time magazine had a short featured article under Postcard: Kolkata, written by Nilanjana Bhowmick. The bi-line says "The fight for Mother Teresa's remains." Mother Teresa is synonymous to India or in the context of the slums of Calcutta. On the eve of her upcoming centenary of birth in August 2010, Albania has demanded that her body be exhumed and flown back to Albania to be buried next to her mother and sister at the Albanian capital, Tirana. Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha made this demand to the government of India. It is predicted that Albania will most probably campaign with more intensity to claim her remains before her upcoming birthday. Since this official request was made, the entire nation of India is appalled. There have been protests and the nuns of Mother Teresa's order are wondering why Albania would raise the issue since Mother Teresa had little connection with the country, where she spent her adolescent years only. Fearing that Macedonia may also make such an unreasonable request, West Bengal's million member state forum has called for a mass protest, according to the magazine. The Indian foreign office has issued a statement saying, "Mother Teresa was an Indian citizen and she is resting in her own country, her own land." Her own Missionaries of Charity order has described such a request as absurd.

Fakrul Alam reflects on post-modernism

On his second visit to Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) as a guest speaker at the Lecture Series on English Studies organized by the Department of English, Dr. Fakrul Alam was clearly happy at being able to address his old friends, students past and present and school friends and thanked IUB for its hospitability. The topic of the discussion was "Postmodern American Fiction and the Visual Arts". He started off by describing himself as a teacher of the theory of postmodernism as opposed to being a specialist. He held forth on the beginning and end of modernism and the eventual rise of postmodernism in the 1960s. He also noted that it is preposterous to think of what is to come after postmodernism since there was just no way of knowing what was to be. In his view, postmodernism is a part of what is broadly called post-structuralism.

River and maiden

If
the
river
can roll on and on till it meets the sea,
then
when
will you, o wild maiden, be mine?

Dalrymple in Dhaka

William Dalrymple, an eminent Scottish historian and writer, spoke at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB), on Friday, 13 November, on his latest book, Nine Lives: in Search of the Sacred in Modern India. Dalrymple was invested as the second scholar in residence at IUB and presented with a sash. He will be conducting a creative writing workshop with the faculty and students of Independent University, Bangladesh.

Shahityabisharod lecture

Samaj-Rupantar Odhyo-on Kendra has organized the Seventh Abdul Karim Shahityabisharod Memorial Lecture for today, 14 November, at 11 am. This year's lecture, on the theme 'Economic Crisis of Capitalism', will be delivered by the veteran political leader Haider Akbar Khan Rano at RC Majumdar auditorium, Lecture Theatre Bhaban, Dhaka University.

Star Health

Ensuring education for people with diabetes

Every 10 seconds a person dies from diabetes-related causes and at the same time, two people develop diabetes. Diabetes affects 246 million people worldwide. Each year another 7 million people develop diabetes. These statistics are scary and indicate that diabetes is growing faster than most people imagine.

Prevent hypothyroidism and its consequences during pregnancy

Hypothyroidism is a disease caused by insufficient production of thyroid hormone secreted from thyroid gland (an endocrine gland in the neck; also known as Adam’s apple in men). It is particularly common in women of child bearing age. It is estimated that 2.5% of all pregnant women have some degree of hypothyroidism that may complicate the pregnancy and affect the baby.

Changing diabetes in children

Novo Nordisk, a leading pharmaceutical company in diabetic care has extended their worldwide programme of free insulin and diabetes care for the children in Bangladesh.

Care for children with intellectual disability

Intellectual disability is a condition, in which there is delay or deficiency in all aspects of development. This is the commonest form of developmental disability which manifests at early childhood, usually before the age of 18 years and it is a life long condition.

Suggestions to help understand and express your feelings

Understanding and controlling your emotions is as important as managing your physical health.

First aid: Controlling a nosebleed

If you get a nosebleed, do not panic. Many nosebleeds look worse than they really are. Here are the experts’ advice on steps to help stop a nosebleed:

Free health checkup, workshop at JBFH

To mark world diabetes day, Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (JBFH) has arranged a health checkup workshop on diabetes today at their hospital premise, says a pres release.

New website with basic information on diabetes

In order to join the fight against diabetes, a new website www.hoop4diabetes.com has been launched on the occasion of World Diabetes Day containing all the basic information about diabetes, says a press release.

Strategic Issues

Bangladesh sea boundary examined through UNCLOS III

THE present day Law of the Sea is the outcome of United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea of 1958 (UNCLOS I), UNCLOS II of 1960 and UNCLOS III of 1982. Bangladesh has its Territorial Waters & Maritime Zones Act of 1974. It has ratified the UNCLOS 1982 on 27 July 2001, having time for claims to UN Commission to the Limits of Continental Shelf (UNCLCS) by July 27, 2011. According to the UNCLOS III of 1982 articles 3 and 15, every state has the right to establish the breadth of its territorial sea up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles, measured from baselines determined in accordance with this Convention. The baseline is the line of low tide along the seashore of a state. As per article 17, ships of all states, whether coastal or land-locked, enjoy the right of innocent passage through the territorial sea. Article 33 gives authority of a state on certain other matters to further 12 nautical miles called the Contiguous Zone.

Civil society and Bangladesh's foreign policy objectives

THE civil society in Bangladesh plays a significant role in articulating people's interests in special areas to the government. In recent times, the civil society has built up consciousness among the people on major national issues such as corruption, climate degradation, and land grabbing by influential people in the society that have left Bangladesh's rivers, canals, and wetlands at their mercy.

An issue in civil-military relations

RECENTLY, the Army Chief is reported to have said that the "US has not allowed a second 9/11 to happen. Indonesia has not allowed a second Bali bombing to happen. India has allowed people to get away after the Parliament attack, the Delhi blasts and finally 26/11. It's time for all of us to say no more." In the light of weightier civil-military issues however, both analogies are inappropriate and not worth pondering. But it might be useful to consider if this is indeed a defining juncture in India's civil-military relations.

Star Books Review

The things a diplomat remembers

THERE are books and there are diplomats' books. All these years we have come across memoirs, some smart but most quite shoddy, from superannuated diplomats around the world. And include in that world the People's Republic of Bangladesh, where diplomacy has regularly been a shoddy affair in the way its politics has been. But while that is true, equally true is the reality of diplomats from abroad making their way to Dhaka, spending a few years and then moving on with their accumulated experience, sometimes wisdom. Krishnan Srinivisan comes to mind here. Remember him?

Orphaned child of an Irishman

Born in 1861, Rabindranath Tagore was one of the key figures of the Bengali Renaissance and translating a book of this great man is a feat undoubtedly praiseworthy. Half-willing at first, but then seeing Radha Chakravarty's name I happily decided to go for the review. An English teacher in Gargi College, University of Delhi, she is known for her translation of several of Tagore's works, including Boyhood Days, Chokher Bali and Farewell Song: Shesher Kobita. Gora appeared as a book in the Bangla year 1316 (1910). The present translation is based on the Rabindra Rachanabali, now regarded as the standard edition. This impressive book full of energy, alive and pulsating with ideas, passion and conflicts is popular till today. The present translation attempts to redress some of the lapses and omissions in earlier translations seeking to offer a lucid, readable version of this massive, complex novel to 21st century readers who do not read Bangla --- an immense challenge for the translator! Henceforth many translations have been published, but it is Chakravarty's singular skilful demonstration of parlance which has energised this translation par excellence.

Spring in the soul

Dilwar Hasan needs no introduction. Since his teenage life he has been cultivating the cultural field of poetry, short story, recitation and acting. He is an artist of Bangladesh Betar and TV.

Book news

Adorn Publication recently brought before readers a set of old, immortal classics in the field of Bengali literature. The following images are a glimpse in to the Adorn enterprise.



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